Moses Harris (1730 - 1788)

Harris was encouraged in entomology from a young age by his uncle, a member of theSociety of the Aurelians.In 1762 he became secretary of a secondSociety of Aurelians.He was a talented artist and dispalyed some of his insect drawings at the Royal Academy in 1785.

Harris’s also created a’colour wheel’showing how a range of colours can be made from just three In the Natural System of Colours (between 1769 and 1776) he examined the work of Isaac Newton and tried to reveal the multitude of colours which can be created from three basic ones.Natural System of Colourswas published again in 1811, this time edited by Thomas Martyn and dedicated to the second President of the Royal Academy, Benjamin West.

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